Wood mortar and pestle - Kanien:keha’ka, Mohawk (Iroquois).

Grinding corn

The Iroquois referred to corn, beans and squash as the three sisters, or kionhekwa, because they were grown together and constituted the basis of the local diet. The corn was ground into flour to make bread and sagamité, a thick corn-based soup with game or fish.

Vegetable mortar and pestle, late 19th century
Kanien:keha’ka, Mohawk (Iroquois)
Wood, 69 x 31.5 cm and 116 x 24 cm
Musée de la civilisation, 68-2873 and 68-2856